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Acts 26:12

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26:12 “While doing this very thing, 1  as I was going 2  to Damascus with authority and complete power 3  from the chief priests,

Acts 26:20

Context
26:20 but I declared to those in Damascus first, and then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, 4  and to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, 5  performing deeds consistent with 6  repentance.

1 tn Grk “in which [activity].” Due to the length and complexity of the Greek sentence, a new sentence was started at the beginning of v. 12 in the translation. The referent of the relative pronoun (“which”) was specified as “this very thing” for clarity.

2 tn Grk “going.” The participle πορευόμενος (poreuomenos) has been taken temporally.

3 tn L&N 37.40 s.v. ἐπιτροπή states, “the full authority to carry out an assignment or commission – ‘authority, complete power.’ πορευόμενος εἰς τὴν Δαμασκὸν μετ᾿ ἐξουσίας καὶ ἐπιτροπῆς τῶν ἀρχιερέων ‘going to Damascus with authority and complete power from the high priests’ Ac 26:12. In Ac 26:12 the combination of ἐξουσία and ἐπιτροπή serves to reinforce the sense of complete authority.”

4 tn BDAG 1093-94 s.v. χώρα 2.b states, “of the provincial name (1 Macc 8:3) ἡ χώρα τῆς ᾿Ιουδαίας Ac 26:20.”

5 sn That they should repent and turn to God. This is the shortest summary of Paul’s message that he preached.

6 tn BDAG 93 s.v. ἄξιος 1.b, “καρποὶ ἄ. τῆς μετανοίας fruits in keeping with your repentanceLk 3:8; Mt 3:8. For this . τῆς μετανοίας ἔργα Ac 26:20.” Note how Paul preached the gospel offer and the issue of response together, side by side.



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